From my reading in Acts 16:22-40 in the One Year New Testament.
One of the most amazing things that our faith in Jesus gives us is the ability to experience joy in hard times!
Paul and Silas were stripped, severly beaten and thrown into an inner dungeon, yet still praised the Lord.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:25
This is an amazing example of joy in hard times.
If anyone had the right to throw a pity-party they did. Instead they had a prayer and worship service! These men understood that even though their present circumstance was bad, God was good!
No matter how bad your circumstances are you can celebrate the goodness of God.
In bad times Christians have a hope that in heaven he will wipe away all our tears and take away our pain!
Our joy in hard times can be a witness to others.
It says that the other prisoners were listing to them. Probably there are some boring nights in the jail cell. Hearing joyful singing was probably not a common occurrence in that dungeon!
Next time you encounter a hard time pray and worship God.
It will help you get your mind off your problems and on to the only one ultimately in charge, it will also be a good example to others!